Police record statements from Zakir, Dong Zong officials

KUALA LUMPUR: The police yesterday recorded statements from Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik and two officials of the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zhong) at the Bukit Aman Police headquarters. CID director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said the Dong Zhong officials were its chairman Tan Tai Kim and secretary Ng Chai Heng.

“The Dong Zhong chairman and secretary were called up to have their statements taken following several police reports made against the association.

“The investigation is being conducted under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with the intent to provoke a breach of the peace,” he said. He said Zakir was summoned to have his statement recorded over his complaint against several politicians. “This case is being investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation,” he said.

Zakir, who was accompanied by his lawyer Datuk Akhberdin Abd Kadir, arrived at Bukit Aman at 3.38pm and was seen leaving at 7.30pm after having his statement recorded for about four hours.

The police have recorded statements twice previously, last Friday and Monday, from the preacher from India who is a permanent resident in Malaysia.

Zakir is alleged to have made controversial remarks against Malaysian Hindus and Chinese during a talk in Kota Bharu on Aug 3, prompting calls for him to be deported to India.

He has been wanted by Indian authorities since 2016 for alleged money laundering and inciting extremism through hate speeches. The police have received 115 reports against Zakir. – Bernama